Rob MacInnis . Artist Bio
Rob MacInnis studied Directing at New York Film Academy before receiving a BFA with a Photography Major from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2005. He has received a President’s Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design where he recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Art.
He was selected for Magenta Publishing’s Emerging Photographers 2006, 2007 & 2009 publication, NSCAD’s Off The Wall show, ACT’s SNAP!08 auction for AIDS research, The Casey House “Art With Heart” auction and a featured exhibition in the Contact Photography Festival 2007, 2008 & 2009.
His work has been featured on Fashion TV and has been the subject of a Bravo Documentary Series called “Snapshot”. His prints can be found in both private and public collections both domestic and international, such as the Canadian Association of University Teachers, The Nimoy Family Foundation, Citibank, and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston.
He has been published in Enroute Magazine, Eye Weekly, The Globe & Mail and The New York Times, and is shown internationally at Art Basel Switzerland, Scope New York, PhotoLA and the Toronto International Art Fair by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto.
He has received grants from The Canada Council for the Arts and Arts New Brunswick, and a Presidential Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received Public Art commissions from The Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Medicine Hat.
2011-2013 Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, Rhode Island, USA
2001-2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major: Photography)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Halifax, Nova Scotia
1998Diploma in Directing
New York Film Academy, New York City
Selected Solo Exhibitions
The Dog and Pony Show. Solo Exhibition, Center for the Arts, January 27 - February 24, 2015, University of Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Farm Family Project. Solo Exhibition, Red Wall Gallery, November 18 – December 17th 2011, at the School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, Ontario
Prince Edward Island. Permanent installation. Animal Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta (Commissioned by the Edmonton Arts Council)
Prince Edward Island. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
Our Name In Lights. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
Faux Show. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
The Farm Family Project. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
Farm Families. Solo exhibition, Heritage Farm Museum, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia (In conjunction with Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Farm Family Project, Solo exhibition, Harbourfront Centre Photo Passage, Toronto, Ontario
Selected Group Exhibitions
10:10 Selected Photographers from Ten Leading American Academies. Rishon LeZion, Israel.
Proximity to Animals. OCAD University Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Critters. Honolulu Museum of Art. Hawaii, USA.
Rhode Island School of Design 2013 MFA Graduate Show. ClampArt, Chelsea, New York City.
Nature Talks Back. Beard & Weil Galleris, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.
Return to Rattlesnake Mountain. Summer Exhibition. Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York
Reka. Permanent public art installation. 2nd Street Park Medicine Hat, Alberta (Commissioned by the City of Medicine Hat)
Flux Capacity, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
Come Here, I Need You, Gelman Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
Atlantica Colectivas, FOTONOVIEMBRE 2011. XI Bienal Internacional de Fotografia de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
RISD Photo Triennial, October 6-20, 2011, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
Canadian Art Gallery Hop, September 21, 2011, Toronto, Ontario
Singular. Group Exhibition in Festival X Ottawa Photography Festival.
Beyond Imaginings. Public Group Exhibition. Curated by Patrick Macaulay. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
Bestiary. Show and Fundraiser. Curated by Sally Morgan Lehman, Liz Parks, and Sally Zunino. Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY
Farm. Group exhibition at the Stonover Farm Gallery, Lenox, The Berkshires, Massachusettes
Pastoral Portraits. Group exhibition with Geoff Fitzgerald for the 2009 Contact Photography Festival, Airspace Gallery, Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario. Curated by Lee Petrie
Collection hOlleben. Group exhibition, Jan von Holleben Studio, Berlin, Germany
Photorama. Group fundraiser for Gallery TPW, Toronto, Ontario
Art With Heart. Group fundraiser for Casey House Hospice, Toronto, Ontario
SNAP!08. Group exhibition and media launch, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Flash Forward 2007: Emerging Photographers from Canada, the U.K. & the U.S. Group exhibition and book launch, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, Chelsea, New York
NSCAD Emerging Artists. Group exhibition, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Flash Forward 2006: Emerging Photographers from Canada, The U.K. & the U.S. Group exhibition and book launch, Lennox Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Art Basel Miami 2007, 2008, 2009
Next Art Fair Chicago 2009
Photo LA 2008
Scope New York 2008
Scope Basel Switzerland 2008
Scope Hamptons 2008
Toronto International Art Fair 2007 2008, 2010, 2011
Student Award, Society of Photographic Educators
San Francisco, California, USA
President’s Scholarship, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Honorable Mention, Magenta Foundation, "Flash Forward
Third Place, Hp Prize for Photography
Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Selected Winner, Magenta Foundation, "Flash Forward”
Honorable Mention, Magenta Foundation, "Flash Forward"
Production grant 2010. Canada Council for the Arts
Creation grant 2010. ARTSNB
Creation grant 2008. ARTSNB
Creation grant 2007. ARTSNB
Arts by Invitation grant. ARTSNB
Smithsonian Museum of American History
Museum of Fine Art, Houston Texas
Nimoy Family Foundation
University College Art Collection, University of Toronto
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Alberta
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Centro de Fotografia Isla de Tenerife
City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2011 A Day At A Farm: Huffington Post, Los Angeles, USA
View Magazine, Berlin, Germany
2010 Behind the Scenes: Looking Fabulous in Fur: New York Times (Newspaper). New York, NY
2009 Reform Cool: House&Home (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario
2008 Rob MacInnis: Snapshot (Television Show). Featured Artist in half-hour episode of Bravo documentary series.
Allah Mode: Toronto Life (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario
2007 Flash Forward 2007: Emerging Photographers from Canada, the U.K. & the U.S. (Book). Magenta Publishing: Toronto, Ontario
Eye Candy: Eye Weekly (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario
The Unreal World : Enroute (Magazine). Montreal, Quebec
Featured Exhibitions: Contact (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario
Halifax Fresh Faces: The Gazette (Newspaper). Halifax, Nova Scotia
2006 Flash Forward 2006: Emerging Photographers from Canada, The U.K. & the U.S. (Book). Magenta Foundation: Toronto, Ontario
Kristen Joy Watts, “Behind the Scenes: Looking Fabulous in Fur”,” New York Times ‘Lens’ Photoblog, January 1, 2010.
David Balzer, “Rob MacInnis “Farm Family Project”,” Eye Weekly, no. 219 (2007).
Arjun Basu, “The Unreal World”, Enroute Magazine, (May 2007)
Laura Trethewey, “Halifax’s Fresh Faces”, Gazette, Issue 139-27, (April 5, 2007).
Philis McGregor, Interview, CBC Radio, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2, 2007
Jay MacNeil, Interview, CTV, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2, 2007
Adrienne Reid, “In Fashion”, Fashion TV, Toronto, Ontario, October 15, 2007
Bob Barrett, “Snapshot”, Bravo Television, Toronto, Ontario, November 27, 2008